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hair-necessities

There are some things in life we as women know are bad for us, and yet we do it anyway. ie: eating raw cookie dough, being on our phones right before bed, too much time in the sun, and lastly – coloring our hair. I personally have been (off and on) coloring my hair since I was about 15 which is why I think it’s so crucial to invest in good quality hair care product. Not only so your hair doesn’t fry off before you’re 30, but also to keep your color looking beautiful for as long as possible!

After years of trying different products from salons or drug stores, I’ve finally found a routine that works great for my hair, and has kept me from continuing to buy new products just to “try them out”!


First of all, I am a total Oribe girl. I have been using their Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo & Conditioner for about two years now and am hooked. It makes my color stay looking good for so long + I love how it makes my hair smell and feel. The shampoo is formulated for all hair types, especially those with hair that has been damaged by time, styling, or processing. And being the girly girl that I am, I style my hair almost every day! The conditioner moisturizes and restores youthful hair without weighing it down, while simultaneously conditioning the scalp to promote healthy hair growth. And let’s be real – what girl isn’t trying to grow her hair out?

Oribe came out with a new product recently that I’ve added to my hair care routine & am in love with it! Their Bright Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner for beautiful color come in adorable pink bottles & have made all the difference with my color. I know what you’re thinking: “she’s not blonde“. I recently got highlights though that I love, and thanks to this shampoo and conditioner, the highlights have not turned brassy or gotten dull. The shampoo cleanses your hair with an optimal level of violet pigment to visibly brighten and eliminate brassiness, without affecting the brilliance of color! {Styling note: I alternate between using the bright blonde shampoo & conditioner and the gold lust. I switch off every hair wash}

The last “hair-necessity” in my routine is a good quality hair mask/remedy. Rita Hazan recently came out with an amazing product called Weekly Remedy – a two-step at home treatment that dramatically delivers salon-quality hydration and repair instantly. The first time I used this product, I could not believe how soft and silky my hair was after! I didn’t even have to straighten it after blow drying because it was so smooth. It’s also so easy to use: After shampooing, you put on “step 1″, leave it on for a minute, then wash it out. After that, you put on “step 2″, leave it on for a minute, then rinse. Weekly Remedy’s technology transforms the hair follicle from the inside out to treat, repair, and protect. This is crucial if you are trying to grow your hair out or have damage from styling or coloring!

Trust me on this one – you will love each of these products. Let me know if you try them out! Love hearing ya’lls feedback! xx

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kate somerville: my game-changer

There are some things in life that are worth the investment, ie: a house, a good pair of jeans, and great skincare products. I feel like I’ve spent the majority of my life searching for skincare products that work for me. I tried everything from Proactiv, to stuff you can get at the drugstore, to dermatologist-perscribed medication. Nothing every truly worked for my skin like Kate Somerville products have.

I first discovered Kate Somerville when I was working at Neiman Marcus and a coworker recommended it to me. She said once she tried these products, she’s never felt the need to try anything else, and that has been my experience exactly. Growing up, I always struggled with combination skin, and I thought this would naturally go away once you get out of those teen years. Well, that was not the case for me.

I noticed right away that Kate Somerville products did wonders for clearing my breakouts and giving me an even skin tone. (If you are prone to breakouts, I highly recommend the Exfolikate, EradiKate treatment and EradiKate mask.)

No matter what your skin type is, I also highly recommend the detox daily cleanser & moisturizer. These should be staples in every skincare routine. This moisturizer is amazing because it doesn’t just provide hydration, it also helps prevent excess oil production commonly associated with oily and acne-prone skin. It also helps to firm and tighten the appearance of skin, while minimizing the look of wrinkles.

Which brings me to my next point! I chose Kate Somerville products not only because they did wonders for clearing breakouts, but because the anti-aging effects are life-changing! Seriously. I know my skin will thank me for using these products in 10, 20, 30 years! And they’re clearly less expensive than paying for Botox or any medical procedure to get rid of wrinkles down the road. The RetAsphere Micro Peel infuses skin with pure Retinol to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and speeds up cell renewal. It also helps remove dead skin on the skin’s surface to improve the appearance of pores, and softens and evens out your skin tone. It’s formulated to deliver clinic-level results overnight without irritation! I’ve only used this product for a week or so and can already tell a huge difference in my skin tone. (Use this product every other night)

If you’re used to buying your face wash from the grocery store, these products might seem on the pricy said. However, if your current products aren’t working for you or you’re frustrated with your skin, I speak from personal experience when I say that Kate Somerville products have been a total game-changer for me! If you try any of these out (or use them already!) I’d love to hear your feedback!

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Top Knot || How To

Ladies and gentlemen (well, probably just ladies but you never know). I am SO excited to feature Tracy Melton on today’s post! Tracy did my hair and make-up for my wedding day and is incredibly gifted. In addition to that, she’s just the cutest thing you’ll ever meet!

Lots of girls have asked me how to do a good top-knot. The ones I do on my own are always super messy and fall down, so Tracy here has created a step-by-step tutorial (pictures included!) to teach you all how to get the perfect top-knot. Enjoy!

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Dress | Scarf | Earrings | Booties | Nail Color | Gold link bracelet | David Yurman bracelet

Here’s Tracy’s step-by-step instructions!

Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail at the crown and securing it with a hair band.

Once secured, take a comb and give your mane a tease. Teasing is an important step if you have fine or thin hair – helps to bulk it up and give it some grip.

From there, simply twist the teased ponytail (loosely) to help form the shape.

Continue by wrapping the twisted hair around the base of the hair band creating the bun shape.

Secure in place with bobby pins. Don’t be scared to tug at the bun to get it to the desired height and shape. Tuck in any strays and finish off with hair spray. You’re all set!

Tip: To make this look more messy and lived-in, take the palms of your hands and rub them on your temples and near your ears to loosen up more face framing hairs. You can also pull on your bun to make it more textured.

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Photos by: Kristen Dee Photography

stocking stuffers for days

I don’t know about you, but stockings are definitely my favorite part of Christmas. I can’t even explain it but something about a bunch of small gifts just makes my heart so happy! I’ve rounded up some of the best stocking stuffers (all under $50!) that are sure to please whoever you are buying for! All of these items will also ship for free! Some of them are so good you may just need to gift yourself as well. xoxo

The ultimate SALE shopping guide

For all you online shoppers, the tock is ticking on your Christmas Shopping! You’ve only got a few days left to make online purchases so you know they get here in time for Christmas. I’ve rounded up the best sales going on to help you wrap up that shopping!

Nordstrom’s markdowns right now are AMAZING, and they truly have gifts for everyone on your list. Here are a few of my faves from their sale: (hover over the + signs to get links to shop!)

Other incredible sales going on, for your Christmas shopping (or shopping for holiday outfits!):

Still need more gift ideas? Check out some items I’ve purchased recently for girlfriends or added to my own wishlist!

the LOLO Mag gift guide

November has finally arrived! Meaning it’s basically Thanksgiving aka basically CHRISTMAS. My absolute favorite time of year. The shopping aspect of Christmas can either make or break the season for ya – depending on if you save your shopping till the last minute. Lo & I wanted to help you out by putting together a gift guide to get you started! These gifts are all under (or around) $50 & are guaranteed to please any friend, sister, co-worker, or mom. Hover over the image to get links to these amazing gifts!

My BKR water bottle – This had been on my wishlist for quite some time. I finally caved a few months ago and bought mine and have used it every day since! Not only is it adorable and so well made, but it really does help you to drink more water throughout the day. They might be pricier than your good ole plastic water bottle, but it will last you forever (and looks cuter too).

How adorable is this Anthropologie Christmas plate? Lo had the great idea that instead of buying the whole set, you could just buy one and use it for cookies!

Okay, I am personally obsessed with this initial plate necklace. It’s definitely on my Christmas list and would make a great gift for just about anyone.

This Nest Candle in pumpkin chai instantly makes your house smell like Fall and baking, and who wouldn’t want that? This is a great gift for coworkers or neighbors!

Did you know TOMS now makes slippers?! I am in love with this adorable pair with the aztec-feel print

Oribe hair products are both mine & Lo’s favorites. Once i tried their shampoo & conditioner, I never went back! This travel kit would make the perfect gift for any of your girlfriends that really value great hair care!

Let’s be honest – you just can’t go wrong with a Kate Spade phone case – especially in this holiday-esque white and gold color!

Hope this helped you get a jump start on your Christmas shopping. Shop our gift guide here!: